We are all children of the earth, 2018
Inspired by the public art project
Somos todos seres da terra / We are all children of the earth, 2018
Inspired by the public art project, GaiaMotherTree, We Are All Children of the Earth (2018) is a hand-knotted crochet bag carrying a holy fruit, the mango, made of stone plaster. The sculpture hangs from the ceiling with the mango suspended in the long, crocheted bag. Each artwork in this edition of 1,000 is numbered and includes a printed label. It is handmade with natural materials. The crochet bag has been produced at the Studio of Ernesto Neto in Rio de Janeiro, and the mango has been cast and manually produced in New York under the supervision of Lisa Ivorian-Jones. Due to the artisanal process for each edition, there can be slight alterations in coloration and detail.
Ernest Neto: GaiaMotherTree
From June 30 to July 29, 2018, the Beyeler Foundation presented a project by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (*1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Zurich’s main railway station. The monumental work GaiaMotherTree, a sculpture made of brightly coloured hand-knotted cotton strips, looks like a large tree. GaiaMotherTree was a walk-in structure that functioned as a meeting place and a place for interaction and meditation, entirely handmade. Cotton strips were tied using a finger hooking technique to form a giant transparent structure. The drop-shaped elements suspended from the branches are filled with aromatic spices and seeds.